16 October 2008

Stories from 16 October 2008

Paraguay: Peace Corps Bloggers Share Experiences in a New Land

  16 October 2008

Paraguay’s blogosphere is growing, and everyday more locals and expats are beginning their blogs about their perceptions of their surrounding world. The Peace Corps volunteers that are working in Paraguay have an interesting point of view that are expressed in their blogs regarding the transition to a new world.

Sri Lanka: An idyllic paradise at war

  16 October 2008

LaneEnder shares his travel experience in Sri Lanka and comments: “Jaffna, is quite beautiful and has everything an idyllic paradise should have. It is hot.., smiling friendly people, palms and coconut trees, beautiful lagoons – and a war with Army checkpoints at every junction and a 9pm curfew.”

Pakistan: Suicide attacks

  16 October 2008

Pakistan Historian writes a short history of suicidal attacks and opines: “Pakistan is now the main target of suicide bombers”.

India: Layoffs rattle aviation industry

  16 October 2008

One of the stars of Indian private aviation industry Jet Airways decided to lay-off 1900 employees (including ground and cabin crew) to survive the rising fuel prices and the economic slow down. Gautam Ghosh comments: “If people want a secure government job until retirement, they should join Indian Airlines (Air...

Iran: Bloggers Talk Poverty on Blog Action Day

  16 October 2008

Iranian bloggers, like many other bloggers , from the four corners of the planet participated in Blog Action Day on 15th of October to talk about poverty. Dreeam writes [fa] about families with low income who can only look at rich ones. The blogger writes: I have pity for people...

Africa: Africa's Only McCain Supporter

  16 October 2008

David Sasaki posts a video of Africa's McCain supporter: In the spirit of post-partisanship, here is a video of what very well might be Africa’s only McCain supporter. If I remember correctly, I think his name is “George Kennedy”.

Cameroon In The Eyes of British And American Volunteers

  16 October 2008

There are very few Cameroonian bloggers based in Cameroon. This vacuum has been occupied by volunteers working in the country (mainly) for the British organization Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and the US Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV). Their attempts to cope with everyday life in an African country is the main stay of their posts.

U.S.V.I.: Hurricane Omar

  16 October 2008

On its path from Aruba to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tropical Storm Omar has become a hurricane. News of St. John reports, and posts a video update, here.

Bahamas: Welfare of the Economy

  16 October 2008

In an effort to help Bahamians who are beginning to feel the effects of the global financial crisis, the government has introduced several programmes to help relieve the pinch – but Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas wonders whether it is teetering dangerously close to creating a welfare state.

Americas: Bloggers Participate in Blog Action Day – Part I

  16 October 2008

October 15 marked the annual event of Blog Action Day. On this date, bloggers from all around the world pledge to publish a blog post aboug a particular topic. This year the chosen subject is poverty. This campaign hopes “to change the conversation that day day, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause.” Latin American bloggers actively participated in the campaign read some of their thoughts in part I.

Aruba: Rain, Rain, Go Away

  16 October 2008

Tropical storm Omar is giving Arubagirl a hard time: “I want the rain to stop, damnit. This storm has a HELL OF A LOT OF WATER. I know it's only an eyeless cat 1 hurricane, but good God, it feels like it wants to drown us in rain.”

Azerbaijan: Election Day

  16 October 2008

Herron Family News posts photographs and video in a report on yesterday's presidential election in Azerbaijan. The blog says that voters were greeted with music and prizes at some polling stations.

Taiwan: An online protest against the American Institute in Taiwan

  16 October 2008

After being denied a U.S. tourist visa in September, Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-jen started a website against the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) called, "I suspect that you intend to stow away to the U.S.". Here people share their stories of being mistreated by officials and denied entry to the United States.

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